CAA, Article 370: SC judges failed to protect constitutional values, says CPM leader MA Baby

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Kanhangad: The judges of the Indian Supreme Court “failed” to deal with the cases against Citizenship (Amendment) Act of 2019 and the Kashmir reorganisation, said MA Baby, former Kerala minister and a member of the politburo of the Communist Party of India (Marxist).

He was speaking at a commemoration event for M Krishnan, former general secretary of the Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers Association here.

The judges are sleeping on the pleas against the citizenship act without checking if the Act was constitutional or not. They are responsible for protecting the fundamental principles of the constitution but they failed, he said.

Baby said the SC gave only a “half verdict” on the Kashmir issue. The judges were not ready to touch the dangerous parts of the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act, he stated.

The CPM leader added that he is aware that the media would report his comments as criticising the Supreme Court, but someone should speak out about all this anyway.

The Supreme Court on February 13 had dismissed a plea challenging the delimitation of Lok Sabha and Assembly constituencies in Jammu and Kashmir, which was taken up following the reorganisation Act passed in 2019.

However, the petition against scrapping Article 370 has been pending before a five-judge Constitution Bench since August 28, 2019. More than 100 petitions challenging the CAA are also pending in the apex court. SC had refused to issue a stay on its implementation.

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